Good day dear heritage person.
We are super thrilled to announce that our guest speaker this month is none other than Belinda Gordon co-author (with another favourite of SHA), Professor Mike De Jongh of the book “The forgotten Front”
Belinda, now retired (but still finds time to write), who was curator of the Greytown Museum in Kwazulu-Natal and then curator of the Colesberg Kemper Museum is coming to talk to us on Wednesday 10 April about her book.
In short the book deals about the actions which took place around Colesberg from 1899 – 1902 and is amazingly unbiased. It is based on local newspaper articles, documents, Colseberg residents and soldiers diaries which lend a personal touch as to how the drama unfolding around them and the changing fortunes of the belligerents affected the lives of the residents. There were some fierce battles fought over this period in the Colseberg environs. These however were all overshadowed by the relief of Kimberley and General Cronje’s defeat at Paardeberg, hence the name of the book, “The forgotten Front”.
As an aside I have read the book and so enjoyed it. So many facts about the conflicts that took place around Colesberg were totally unknown to me. I have no hesitation in saying that we can promise a really entertaining evening for you.
Main points to remember are:
What: A talk by Belinda Gordon on the conflict which occurred around Colesberg during the Boer War and how the people of Colesberg were affected by the changing fortunes of these battles
When: Wednesday evening 10th April.
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Where: Drostdy Schuur.
Cost: R50 for members and R80 for visitors who are most welcome
Refreshments: Finger snacks, Wine or Juice and good old fellowship thereafter
RSVP: As usual, a plea for catering purposes to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday evening 8th April
Kind regards and hope you will join us for this fascinating tale.